Anthony Seibold is confident veteran Broncos forward Alex Glenn can make it a trifecta of outstanding performances in the centres as he prepares to mark England international Kallum Watkins on the Gold Coast Saturday night.
With the Broncos one point behind eighth-placed Newcastle on the Telstra Premiership ladder Seibold is determined to get his best 17 players on the park in the run to the finals, then find spots for them.
In Glenn’s case he has already shown he is up to the task after two outstanding displays against quality centres.
"We're keeping Alex in the centres. We have had so many changes due to rep football and injury and players leaving the club so the more stability we have the more we can improve our cohesion and connections across the game," Seibold said.
"Alex will defend on Kallum Watkins. It's a big job for him, but I'm confident he can do the job. He did a good job on [William] Hopoate last week and a few weeks ago on Josh Dugan so it's another good challenge for Lexi and he is up to the task. I would expect Watkins will come in on their right-hand side."
Seibold wary of Titans test
While Watkins is making his NRL debut, Seibold is well aware of the potential havoc the "world class" centre could cause.
"I've watched Kallum Watkins and admired him for a long time. I was at the Celtic Crusaders when he made his debut for Leeds Rhinos in a Challenge Cup game against us and he has been an outstanding player," he said.
"Everyone saw at the World Cup a few years ago what he could do so he's a fantastic signing for the club and I'm excited about coaching against him. He will add a significant boost to their team."
Seibold is wary of the Titans despite their position on the bottom of the ladder, with memories of the Broncos' 26-18 loss at Suncorp Stadium the last time the two sides met still raw.
He said they would be a stronger side with veteran Michael Gordon coming into the starting team at fullback and added the Broncos needed to be wary of AJ Brimson’s show and go at halfback.
"We feel as though we have made some improvement since losing [three] games in a row and the last time we played the Titans they lapped us at Suncorp Stadium which was really disappointing," he said.
"They jumped out of the blocks pretty well. We had a few guys missing with Origin and David [Fifita] and Payne [Haas] backed up a few days after their first Origin games, so in hindsight I probably should have rested them, but they certainly came here with a job to do and they were far better than us on that occasion.
"Every time the Titans play the Broncos, it's a big game … and we know the Titans will try and ambush us from the start.”
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While Seibold agreed the Broncos had a team capable of playing finals football he said "the proof is in the pudding".
"We're not looking ahead to the finals because if we do we go off task. I know where we stand, we are one point outside the top eight and we're close enough if we're good enough but our focus is on tomorrow night," he said.
"If we look ahead to seven weeks time, you lose your focus and one thing that happens in the NRL, you get bitten on the backside if you don't stay focused on your next job. I believe we can play our best football tomorrow night. The Titans will be waiting for us and we will need to be at our best."